WSR 11-10-060

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 2, 2011, 9:11 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Development of rules for the coastal commercial spot shrimp fishery.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: SHB 1148 (2011), RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.047, and 77.65.220.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SHB 1148 establishes a coastal spot shrimp license limitation program. Rules are needed to implement the program.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: SHB 1148 requires Washington department of fish and wildlife's (WDFW) director to prepare and deliver a report to the legislature by January 7, 2016, regarding the coastal spot shrimp fishery. The report must contain any recommended changes to the coastal spot shrimp licensing program that the director deems appropriate. It must take into consideration the status of the coastal spot shrimp population, the impact of the removal of these shrimp on the marine ecosystem, and the market for coastal spot shrimp.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, or e-mail Lori.preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by June 1, 2011. Expected proposal filing on or after June 7, 2011.

May 2, 2011

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office